A memorial service for Yanko Yuri Salazar took place at Steel nightclub on Wednesday, October 29. Salazar passed away October 15. He was 38 years old.
Yanko was chosen as the first “Mr. Fort Lauderdale Gay Pride” in 2000 and went on to win the national “Mr. Hotlanta” contest later that year. After winning “Hotlanta,” Yanko became a leader of the South Florida community, representing many non-profit organizations and charitable causes, and widely recognized as the spokesmodel for the annual “Mad Hatter’s Ball” and “Red Ball” advertisements. His memorial service was well attended by many of the community leaders, businessmen, his friends and family. Speaking at the memorial service were Terry DeCarlo, Bill Huelsman, his best friend, Michael Cruz and his mother, Gloria Salazar.
Rest In Peace